Archive | January, 2007

Happy to Be Here Hour – Wednesday

29 Jan

You are cordially invited to join the Buffalo Old Home Week family at Allen Street Hardware Café, one of Buffalo’s coolest bars on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. for the first Happy to Be Here Hour of the year!

Grab every Buffalo Booster you know and come share the community spirit to celebrate all that is great about Buffalo. And if you have been having trouble getting your hands on the hottest tickets in town, we will be raffling off tickets for a Buffalo Sabres home game with the proceeds going to Revitalize Buffalo and Buffalo Old Home Week.

These gatherings are a great way to meet others who share your passion for our fair city. There will be plenty of Buffalo energy. Enjoy the high spirits and rich stories of people who have come from or wandered all over the nation and the world and found that Buffalo is where they want to live.

There will be no shortage of warm and enthusiastic people to meet, so even if you come alone and do not know a soul, you will leave with new friends and new connections. There will be plenty to talk about! Starting this month, we will be featuring individuals and businesses that have chosen to live, work and play in Buffalo. We will hear their stories, find out why they chose to be here, why they plan to stay, and what they are doing to enhance the community. And you never know, these same terrific tales may just show up on TV, radio or in print over the next several months. But that is another initiative and we will share the details of it with those in attendance. Of course, we will also be making some important announcements about upcoming Buffalo Old Home Week events!

At the January Happy to Be Here Hour you will meet Buffalo by Choice resident Michael Gainer, who has decided that this city is the best place to live, work, and play. He chose to move to Buffalo just 14 months ago, and already has made an enormous impact on the city. Among other endeavors, this roll-up-your sleeves guy has founded Buffalo Youth Corps to guide his work with disadvantaged youth, and is proactively promoting the reuse of the construction materials, especially those generated during demolition. Come hear his fascinating tale — from Erie to Boston to Buffalo, and around the world with Patch Adams — and meet the kind of can-do, creative classindividuals who are deciding not only to make Buffalo their home, but to make it better place, as well.

Downtown Super Flea

29 Jan

At the suggestion of a writer, Buffalo Rising is investigating the creation of a weekend downtown Flea Market. The model is the Chelsea Flea Market in New York. Buffalo Rising looked at the DL&W behind HSBC, which has about 70,000 SF of space. Chris Byrd suggests the Broadway Market, which has 100,000 SF of space.

Nothing wrong with a flea market – but I’d like it to more closely resemble this:

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than this:

Issa & the Central Terminal

29 Jan

Bashar Issa is a rich young Iraqi-Briton from Manchester who may be Buffalo’s savior, Buffalo’s latest disappointment, or something in-between. Buffalo Rising was quite literally following Mr. Issa around during his trip to our area last week, so something that was intended to be kept quiet made it instead to its “City” section. Oh, well.

Mr. Issa visited the Central Terminal.

Mike Miller writes:

The restoration of a complex the size of the Central Terminal will take years and will only start with a viable business plan. From where we began in 1997, with a dollar, a dream and a 500,000 square foot monster to clean, few people would have given us a chance to be back on the map again and in discussions with an interested international developer. Ours is definitely the story of “the little engine that could”.

I am more convinced than I have ever been that nothing is impossible. As evidenced by some of the comments on the BRO post, there are still those who don’t believe that the terminal can or even should be redeveloped. Luckily for us, Bashar is not one of them.

The revitalization of Buffalo and the restoration of its treasures does not, and should not, end on the east side of Elm Street. Of course, the Terminal presents its own set of challenges that aren’t shared with, say, the Statler. But people will go to the Terminal for the right reasons. Let’s don’t say it can’t be done before it’s even been tried.

OTOH, we can always laugh at the Manchester Evening News’ mistaking Buffalo for New York City.

Opinions are like…

29 Jan

Wow. I mean, wow. Right down to the improper use of apostrophes.

The Islamic fascism native to the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as other Islamic theocracies is the 21 century version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf – the torch of this template of fascism was simply passed from the Nazi’s to the Wahabbi leaders of Islam.

“[T]he torch of this template of fascism was … passed”. The Sunni Wahabbists are lumped in with the Shia who run Iran, as if they’re two peas in a pod. Iran is an oppressive theocratic state, but it’s no Nazi Germany. Not by a long shot. To say that it is is to cheapen the memory of the victims of the Nazi holocaust.

Due, in part, to America’s handling of Islamic terrorism spanning multiple administrations, the number of hostages held by Islamic terrorists has risen to 300 million people in the U.S., plus the entire population of Israel and the rest of the free Western world over the last 26 years. Unbelievably, some of the very same terrorists responsible for the taking of our Americans in 1979 are, unfortunately, still sucking air, some even leading countries and winning awards.

I don’t feel like I’m held hostage – do you? I certainly won’t let myself be figuratively “held hostage” by a bunch of religious extremists in Baghdad or Teheran any more than I’d let myself be figuratively “held hostage” by a fearmongering guy with no visible means of support.

This article, for instance, is all about fearmongering, conjecture, assumptions, logical leaps, and non-sequiturs.

Can someone please provide me with Mr. Hagmann’s credentials?

Incidentally, I notice that Weenie and the Butt Mr. Bauerle has reverted his opening string of humorous copyrighted clips to a prior iteration. There’s a Family Guy clip, the opening few notes of Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music, White Boy”, and it goes on from there.

The irony of Bauerle using any American Dad or Family Guy clips is that those shows mercilessly and constantly lampoon people like…Bauerle. Especially Stan Smith – the half-witted, xenophobic, knee-jerk protagonist in American Dad. Maybe Bauerle is hiding an alien that sounds like Paul Lynde.

Reactive

29 Jan

Margaret Sullivan puffs the News’ soon-to-be substantive and “dynamic” web presence, which will inter alia permit News reporters to blog and otherwise update breaking stories on its site. Much like Boston.com has done for, oh about eleven years.

That’s great and I eagerly await the News’ foray into 21st century publishing. Most of her piece centered around the business aspect of the decision. Union vote. What Mr. Buffett has to say about it all. The younger generation are more attuned to new media than old, so a bigger web presence was inevitable. Buffaloi has a nice take on it all.

Then this paragraph:

And, while I’m hardly an unbiased party, I am convinced that newspapers provide something critically important that other media often do not: depth, thoughtfulness, investigative skills and an enterprising (rather than reactive) approach to news.

All of it true. The part I’m not thrilled with is “enterprising (rather than reactive)”. Every single blog in this town – whether it’s political, personal, sports-oriented, or other – takes from personal experience. If Bfloblog watches a Sabres game and reports on it (which it does religiously), how is that different from what the News does? If I go to a Legislative meeting, or I live-blog a debate, or Geek and Watchdog attend a Reynolds presser or I go to an ECHDC meeting and then report on it, how is that significantly different from what the News does?

It’s not. It’s as enterprising as anyone, as proactive as anyone. With blogging, we can incorporate citizen journalism with commentary and punditry. Yes, sometimes we do pull stuff out of the News and react to it. This very post is a case in point. But oftentimes, we provide actual coverage and commentary that rivals anything the News does, and especially anything the electronic media do. We’re unfettered by space and time restrictions, and we’re no dummies.

In any event, I wish Ms. Sullivan and her paper well in their new endeavor.

Extras Season 2

28 Jan

HBO Tonight at 10.

Here’s a clip from episode 1 from season 2 where Andy (Ricky Gervais) gives Patrick Stewart a copy of his script, and Stewart pitches his own script to Andy. It’s unexpectedly hilarious.

…and I’ve seen everything.

And a clip of Andy (Gervais) directing Keith Chegwin in a hilarious scene.

Money for Nothin’

27 Jan

This article hammers home a very important point.

Electoral fusion – at least as practiced in New York – is inherently corrupt, and should be abolished as soon as practicable.

Red’s take here.
Dan’s take here.

I’d like to know why that story was relegated to Saturday’s paper?

Erie, PA

27 Jan

We sometimes like to point to Erie, PA as being the model for what Buffalo could be. After all, their retail, property, and other taxes are much lower than WNY’s. Enviably so.

But evidently, according to EriePressable, they have problems very similar to ours.

Which raises the question: if it’s not just the taxes, then what?!

State of Upstate

27 Jan

The York Staters are toying with the whole “upstate secedes” notion, (a notion which, on balance, hurts upstate more than it helps it). But they’re soliciting ideas for an upstate flag. Check it out here.

If Canada can have a maple leaf, certainly we should have a snowflake or something?

If it’s Sunday, it’s Hardline with Kevin Hardwick

27 Jan

This Sunday, the Professor will host terrorism expert Michael Scheuer (Canisius ’74) by phone at the top of the show. My understanding is that he has actual credentials and is unaffiliated with the folks at the Northeast Intelligence Network.

Jim Ostrowski will be in-studio from 10:15 until 11:00, talking Catholic Church, Brian Higgins, and probably Catholic school closings, knowing Jim.

I personally think that WBEN has taken the Higgins / Church controversy and slapped it, beat it, and left it for dead. But three entire Bauerle shows probably isn’t enough to get to the real meat of the matter. Also – evidently Jim Ostrowski has more “name recognition” than Buffalo Pundit or Buffalo Geek. I’d love to pick Tim Wenger’s brain on that.

From 11-noon it’ll be former Buffalo Mayor and prospective EC Executive candidate Jim Griffin, live in-studio.

That’s 10am on WBEN 930-AM and online at WBEN.com.